Event aims to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published Thursday, 18th July 2019

Almost 700 schoolchildren have taken part in an annual event that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in Hartlepool.

Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Day (ASBAD) took place at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Brierton Lane from July 9th-12th and was attended by Year 8 pupils (ages 12-13) from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, St Hild’s Church of England School, Manor Community Academy, Catcote Academy, High Tunstall College of Science and the town’s Pupil Referral Unit.

A total of 657 young people attended, taking part in a series of interactive workshops.

Issues covered included alcohol misuse; life choices; youth offending; anti-social behaviour, gangs and peer pressure; domestic violence and healthy relationships; hoax calls, fire setting and the dangers posed by derelict buildings; and water safety.

The event was run by Hartlepool Community Safety Team under the umbrella of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, with support from the Hartlepool Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, the Bob Farrow Centre, Hartlepool Youth Justice Service, Thirteen Group, the RNLI, Harbour, Hartlepool Action Recovery Team and Paul King from I Am Consultants.

Councillor Shane Moore, Chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership and Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring that Hartlepool is a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit, and ASBAD has a vital role to play in that.

“I would like to thank the schools who attended and the pupils who participated so keenly in the workshops.

“It is also important to recognise the contribution of the many supporting organisations – without their backing it simply wouldn’t be possible to stage the event."